10 of Wands

10 of Wands


The 10 of Wands Tarot card represents being overburdened or overwhelmed in life, which we all experience regularly. Most of these burdens we have chosen to pick up, and many of them are practical. How am I going to get everything done today in only 24 hours? That is the feeling of this Tarot card. But as every 10 in the Tarot, this card is about that journey ending and that cycle finishing for the time being. Some of these burdens can be emotional. If we have hurt someone or are carrying guilt over responsibilities, the 10 of Wands may appear to us.

The message of this card, whether your burdens are chosen by you or have come upon you, is to keep moving. The end of the road is near, and the Sun is waiting to shine on you when you reach it.


The meaning of the 10 of Wands Tarot card is straightforward to understand when you recognize the symbolism. This is a card of being overburdened, but this is more the everyday burden, nothing devastating. The Sun is still shining on the man in the picture, and we do not see darkness in this card.

Also, the timing of this card relates to the holiday season, December 13th to December 23rd, to be exact. This is a time when everyone is feeling overburdened. The man in this card is happy on the inside but is weighed down by the fact that he is carrying all ten wands into the town square. He’s not upset about it—he chose these burdens—and his journey is ending as all do with the number 10 in the Tarot. Even so, the ten wands are heavy all the same, and he will put them down and chip away his burdens one by one, as we all do daily.

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